Now I am not one for measuring my fitness against a scale of stats. I certainly don’t like weighing myself as those scales are just the step of doom! However, I may have been converted just a little and I now may realise how keeping a record can be beneficial. Now I am not exercising to lose weight, I am exercising to get stronger, to build muscle and to hopefully feel happier in myself. So when I had to send Amina over at Be Better Fitness Training my vital stats I wasn’t overly happy. However, a month later and another lot of stats and I am feeling a lot happier.
I Am No Saint
Now when it comes to following Be Better Fitness Training you are expected to exercise 6 out of 7 days a week and every day is different with varying lengths of workout and intensity. No workout is overlong so you really should be able to find the time to fit in a workout. However, May saw me travelling back to the UK twice, once for pleasure, where I might have let my healthy eating slip but show me a breakfast buffet and I am going to make the most of it! The second time was for the hellish Moonwalk marathon. The toing and froing did mean that I felt disorganised and I wasn’t quite where I wanted to be when it came to my exercising and healthy eating. This month also saw me developing a real sweet tooth. I am going to blame the tiredness but all of a sudden I had an overwhelming desire to shove fizzy cola bottles in my mouth all day long. I gallantly tried to stop myself from doing this but the odd fizzy cola bottle did still make its way in! I am no saint.
What Difference Did I See After A Month Of Be Better Fitness Training?
Despite my slippery slope when it came to food and the odd missed workout I did still see a difference.
Weight loss – Minus 3.8%.
Kerching! I am surprised by that as the odd fizzy bottle did fall into my mouth and I might have snaffled my way through the breakfast buffet. However, it shows that clean eating for the majority of the time really does make a difference. We also need to allow ourselves the odd treat. We are only human. This proves that everything in moderation is fine! Cheers to that.
Hips – Minus 1%
I have a love hate relationship with my hips. My hips are child bearing hips of epic proportion, yet ironically were unable to help me actually push a child out of my vagina. I digress, you really did not need to know that. My hips have served me well it comes to carrying two large babies. They expanded and stayed expanded. I could be an honorary member of the Kardashians with my hips. Therefore, I will take that 1% loss. Whoop!
Waist – Minus 6.2%
Hello! Now this is something to shout about. I am chuffed with that. I am very happy that my waist has got a little smaller. That will be the hiit workouts that Be Better Fitness Training has you doing. Short but brutal, I often finish feeling like I am going to vomit! But so worth it.
Thighs – Minus 20%
Let’s talk about my thighs. No, really. If we were under some sort of zombie attack, I would be one of the first to be eaten. How do I know this? My meaty thunder thighs. They would feed a family of four zombies for days. I actually thought that my thighs were getting bigger. I had proclaimed to Amina from Be Better Fitness Training that the more I exercise the bigger the thighs become. Amina had told me that it was muscle from the squats she has us doing and that I should “Embrace the muscle!” She is right because they aren’t getting bigger! I have lost a whopping 20% of them. My thighs are clearly just getting more defined. Soon those zombies will be steering clear of me as I will have muscly thighs.
Lower Leg – Plus 2.7%
Whaaaaaat. It appears that my lower legs are getting bigger. They certainly don’t need any help with that. Maybe I can attribute this to all of the walking I have been doing? I am not sure what to say about this measurement. I am surprised and I haven’t noticed them getting bigger so I am still happy with that measurement.
Upper Arm – Minus 6.7%
All of those planks and kettle bell swings have been helping. I have noticed that my arms are becoming more defined and I am delighted with this measurement.
I am really happy with my measurements and feel really motivated for this month now. I have invested in a proper kettlebell and that has made my workouts harder, which is only a good thing. Now I am not one for sharing photos of myself and this feels narcissistic but for the purpose of recording my progress I need to do it. So below is me in all of my workout glory. As you can see I am wearing a baggy t-shirt. Will next month see me sharing a photo with a less baggy t-shirt? Probably not but who knows. I apologise if the below photos have offended your eyes.
Please note that this is not my bedroom, it’s my children’s bedroom. Yes, it is messy. Yes, there is a tiger next to me. No, the tiger is not real 😉 .
I am excited for next month. Bring it on! Do you exercise? How do you know if you are making progress? Do you take photos? Weigh yourself?
Disclaimer – please note that I was gifted my Be Better Fitness Training membership in return for my honest reviews and opinions.